Jack Bornhoeft Obituary

Jack  Bornhoeft
Jack Bornhoeft

July 16, 1923 - March 27, 2019


Jack Bornhoeft, age 95, of Mt. Prospect, IL passed away peacefully on March 27, 2019 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Betty; his devoted children, Nancy (John) Laesch, Susan (Robert) Martinson and Gregg Bornhoeft; his adored 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren who so loved their Boppa; and his sister, Carol (John) Hoult. He was predeceased by his parents, Elmer and Lillian Bornhoeft, and his brother Bill (Musa) Page.
He grew up in Norwood Park, attended Lane Tech High School and graduated from Northwestern University where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. While attending Northwestern he started his career working in a co-op program with Gerhardt F. Meyne Co. in Chicago and ended his career nearly 50 years later as President, CEO and ultimately Chairman Emeritus of the same company. He was highly respected by all who knew and worked with him.
He was a proud American having retired as a Major from the Air Force after 20 years of service. He enlisted at an early age, actively served as a bomber pilot on B-26 Marauder aircraft in both WW II and the Korean Wars followed by his service in the Air Force Reserves. In April 2017, he was humbled to have been awarded the French Legion Medal of Honor, the highest honor bestowed to a non-French national, for his service to France during WW II.
He remained a faithful member of the Community Presbyterian Church of Mt. Prospect from the time the church was formed in early 1950 to the present. Throughout the years he was devoted to the many leadership roles he held, including that as a trustee and elder, as well as the many committees he served on. He was instrumental in the creation of the Peace Garden located on the church property and passionate about maintaining its serenity and beauty.
He has been a strong supporter of Northwest Community Hospital starting 60 years ago when he volunteered to help with an ambitious door-to-door fundraising campaign to build a new, local hospital. As the hospital has grown throughout the years, he has remained devoted to the fundraising efforts as well as was an active volunteer in the Emergency Department for many years.
The family wishes to thank the dedicated caregivers who surrounded him with love and compassion during the past years.
A memorial service in celebration of his life with military honors will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Community Presbyterian Church, 407 N. Main Street, Mt. Prospect. IL. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions in his memory to: Community Presbyterian Church of Mt. Prospect, Attn: Peace Garden, 407 N. Main Street, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056, or Northwest Community Hospital Foundation, 3040 W. Salt Creek Lane, Arlington Heights, IL 60005 (www.nch.org/donate).




Community Presbyterian Church
407 N. Main Street
Mt. Prospect, IL US 60056
Saturday, May 11, 2019
1:00 PM